Sheep

 

Sheep Information can be found here to help you with participation in the 4-H/FFA Sheep Project.  Events will be posted in the workshops section as well as details for the annual lamb identification and weigh in information for the Green County Fair.  If you have any questions regarding the sheep project, contact the Green County UW-Extension office at 608-328-9440.


Green County Market Lamb Identification and Weigh In

Saturday, April 21st, 2018,  ~  9:00-11:00 a.m.    ~  Green County Fairgrounds, Monroe, WI  Showbarn

An identification program for all market lambs to be exhibited at the 2018 Green County Fair will be conducted on Saturday, April 21st,  at the Green County Fairgrounds in Monroe.  Lambs will be weighed and identified between 9-11AM in the south end of the Showbarn.  Only lambs that are identified on this date will be eligible for exhibition in the market lamb classes and to sell at the Green County Fair Meat Animal Auction.

All market lambs that will be shown at the Green County Fair will be weighed and given RFID ear tags.  Each exhibitor can identify a maximum of 5 lambs.  Market lambs being identified for the Green County Fair can weigh no more than 105 pounds at the weigh-in on April 21st.  There is no minimum weight.  However, it is suggested that lambs weigh at least 50 pounds or more in order to make the 110 pound minimum weight at fair time that is needed to sell in the auction.

All performance lambs are required to weigh in and be identified for the performance competition at this weigh in also. Performance lambs will no longer be harvested and will be allowed to exhibit in both the performance class and the lamb market classes. There is no minimum weight for the weigh in, however, lambs must weigh at least 115 lbs to participate in the performance competition at the fair. Overall performance lamb placing will be based on 60% carcass and 40% rate of gain.

Since the market lambs will be tagged with official USDA tags they will no longer need to have scrapie tags at the fair.  However, exhibitors are reminded that all breeding sheep will still be required to have a USDA Scrapie tag before the animals are allowed onto the fairgrounds this summer.  The only exception to this is for breeding animals that have breed registration papers and a breed tattoo.  If sheep exhibitors plan to exhibit breeding stock they can order their own free scrapie tags by calling 1-866-873-2824.  These tags should be ordered early since it usually takes several weeks before they are received from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Only Green County Fair market lambs need to be pre-identified at this weigh-in on the 21st.  Animals that will exhibited in the sheep breeding show classes at the fair are not required to attend the weigh-in.  Market lambs for the Wisconsin State Fair will not be identified at the Green County weigh-in.  Wisconsin State Fair requires that all lambs be self-identified by the exhibitors.

Auction record books and other show information will also be distributed to exhibitors at the identification day.  Contact the Green County UW-Extension office, at 608-328-9440 for more information.

 


Upcoming Events:

Sheep Showmanship Clinic
Saturday, June 30, 2018
10:00 AM – Noon
Green County Fairgrounds, Monroe


Sheep Resources

American Sheep Industry                                                                     Equity Livestock Sales Coop
US Sheep Breeders Online Directory                                                Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill
Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative                                             Sheep! Magazine
List of Sheep Breeds-Wikipedia


Green County Sheep Producers

This organization supports and sponsors youth in various sheep areas through trophy and award sponsorships.  Contact Evelyn Crooks at 608-897-2041 for more information